Choose What You Love

Pediatric ophthalmologist, Dr. Rupa Wong, examine a child for myopia management

Wonder which direction you should take with your career? Should you choose a path associated with a “better lifestyle” or one you feel passionately about? These are some of the most common questions I get. So many want to know if ophthalmology is a good specialty or direction in choosing their eventual career.
 
I’ve done an blog post on why I chose ophthalmology, but my advice goes beyond the specifics of why I became interested in my eventual field. This episode is for those who are in the early stages of career planning and for those contemplating a career shift as well.
 
If you’re early in your career and still at a branching point of whether to choose rheumatology or ENT or law or medicine, then consider the following:
 
  • First, regard your choice as a journey, not a destination. When viewed as such, then choosing your career path will seem like a natural progression, not an A or B decision point.
  • Examine the types of things that bring you joy in your leisure time so that your career choice will align with your personality and passions
 
Whatever you chose, make sure that you enjoy the most mundane aspect of it as well (and not just the flashy stuff). It’s never too late to pivot, you can always change paths. Listen to the full episode right here.

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